Devotion for Saturday, March 27, 2021, by Julia Shiver
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
Devotion by Julia Shiver
I have two adult sons. In fact, they are in their early thirties which is the same age as Jesus when he was crucified. To say I am overprotective would be an understatement! And this pandemic has certainly put all of my mothering instincts on edge.
One son has chronic kidney and liver disease due to years of medication for his mental health. These medications have not only saved his life but given him some measure of quality of life that he would not have been able to experience without them. But they have come at a cost.
This son, Ben, was preparing to move out of our house for the first time when the pandemic started. All of the hard work preparing him (and me) fell to the side as we adjusted to our new quarantine life. Ben and I have rarely left the house in the past year, with my husband doing all of the errands and shopping. All in an effort to keep Ben healthy during this time.
Now we seem to be, not at the end, but maybe the beginning of the end. Life will never look the way it did before. Some changes will become permanent. And those of us who have been locked up in our homes all these months will need to learn to move outside of our small four walls, our social bubbles. It is time to learn a new way of interacting with the world.
All of this is really just to say, be gentle with yourself and with those around you. We have all had a profound, but unique, experience. We will all be dealing with all that we have lost this past year. It will take time to come to terms with that. I imagine that the disciples thought that everything was lost when Jesus was crucified. They could not begin to imagine the new life they would be called to live. Neither can we.
Dear God, we are walking into an uncertain future. It will be different from what we knew before. But one thing never changes, you walk with us every step of the way. Amen.